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Raghunath brace in India win

New Delhi: India continued their winning run in the World Hockey League Round II as they outclassed China 4-0 at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, on Saturday. With 12 points from four matches, the hosts have already qualified for the next round.

In other matches, Ireland thrashed Oman 7-2 to move to the second spot in the group. Bangladesh drubbed Fiji 8-4 in another match to stay in contention for a berth in round three.

With only a day left for its conclusion, the six-nation tournament has proved to be a lopsided meet, especially from the Indian point of view. In four matches thus far, India have scored 32 goals, conceding only two. It was only against Ireland that India faced some resistance before winning it 3-2.

China were expected to be a better side but they, too, disappointed. Seven years ago in the Doha Asian Games, China created history when they beat India 2-0 to prevent the eight-time Olympic champions from reaching the Asiad final for the first time.

The story was different on Saturday. India attacked relentlessly and could have won by a bigger margin. While VR Raghunath opened the scoring off a penalty corner in the 12th minute, he scored the second goal, too, with a delicate flick five minutes before the breather. The second half also belonged to India. Two more goals came from Dharamvir Singh’s opportunistic strike and Rupinder Pal Singh’s penalty corner.